Itula Mili

Team: Seattle Seahawks

Pro experience: Ninth NFL season, all with Seattle

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 260 pounds

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Acquired: Drafted in sixth round of 1997 NFL Draft (174th overall)

College: BYU (1991, 94-96)

Hometown: Kahuku, Hawaii

How he got there: Since overcoming a devastating knee injury in his final game as a Cougar during the 1996 WAC championship game against Wyoming, Mili has become an established presence in Seattle. The former BYU standout is the franchise's career touchdown and regular-season receptions leader for a tight end. However, Seattle's best season ever has been a struggle for Mili, who has 41 career starts. Last season, Mili lost but subsequently regained his starting job from Jerramy Stevens. According to the Tacoma News Tribune, Mili was the favorite to start again in 2005, but he ended up the hospital due to an intestinal blockage days before the Seahawks opened the regular season in Jacksonville. Since that time, he has been inactive for all but two games and hasn't recorded a catch as the third-string tight end behind Stevens and Ryan Hannam. Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren praised Mili in an article in the Tacoma News Tribune, saying, " . . . it's been unfortunate for Itula. He's a great guy, too, and has been very good for us in the past . . . Itula has been a very loyal soldier during this time and very unselfish."

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